Local Rights program – 32 (LRP)
HomeNet Nepal is in implementation of its projects in partnership with ActionAid Nepal (AAN) in Kathmandu Valley specially focusing on urban working poor including home-based workers. HNN has been implementing Local Rights Program (LRP) particularly in Badikhel, Chapagaun and Thecho of Godabari Municipalit and Shesh Narayan of Dakshinkali Municipality of the Valley. Importantly, apart from this, HNN has been committedly regular on its advocacy-oriented activities around policy and campaign initiation including its heavy engagement in poverty alleviation, inclusion, workers rights and Security Policy and also to make cities safe for women and girls.
Badikhel, as mentioned above, one of the project areas of HNN lies in Lalitpur district at the south-end of Kathmandu Valley in Lalitpur district. There are about 735 households with 3,700 people living in the area where the massive majority is being hold by Pahari community. The community consists of informal sector works with huge majority home based workers engaged on bamboo craft since their historical period for their livelihood. Following this, wageworkers in construction site, agriculture and other wage works in significant in number. Apart from this, some of them are shop keepers and roadside venders.
Chapagaun, another primarily focused area for its intervention is also situated at the south of the Kathmandu valley in Lalitpur district. There are 3,710 households with over 21,000 populations dwelling in mix type of communities. The majority of people are engaged in agricultural as their prime occupation who are followed by different forms of non-agricultural trade and business. However almost similar number of the people from the communities are engaged on various type of informal sector of works e.g. knitting, weaving, stitching, metal craft, construction side labour, street vendor, agricultural labour etc. In the recent years, the working poor have now been organized at their own under the umbrella of Workers Rights Forum which has been facilitated by HNN to be mobilized for their rights. Similarly, women from the communities are also being organized in different form of groups (such as cooperatives, women rights forums, mother groups etc.) for their rights and security. To ensure the social security of informal sector workers', a Child Care Center has also been established and regulated as a modal.
Thecho is also situated in the south of Kathmandu valley in the Lalitpur district. There are 2,352 households with 10,086 populations living with. The whole community belongs to Newar by cast, and culture. Slightly different than in Chapagaun, in Thecho, the non- agricultural works e.g. Carpet weaving, Construction side of work, other wage based work including brick factories are major followed by agricultural work. On top of this, the majority of women of the communities are engaged in informal sector of work including unpaid care work. In the community, as many as 9 child clubs have been established. Accordingly the women in communities are organized through cooperatives and mother's group.
Pharping a part of Sheshnarayan lies at the south of the Kathmandu district within the valley. There are 350 households however, at present, HNN focuses with program only in Ward No. 6 (Ikhapokhari and Goalbal) which is pre-dominated by dalit communities. The people in the community fully depend on their caste based occupation such as iron works, silver and gold jewelry works, shoes making tailoring and stitching and bead works. Few of them are also engaged on general wage work for their living.
Though we don’t have actual data but it is envisioned in reality that the majority of rights holders have less or in many cases nill access to public services from the local authorities. If it is there, the quality of services is poor. Hence, the lives of informal working poor and their belonging family members are at high risk of vulnerabilities both at home and at work.
1. Ensure improved livelihoods and build climate resilient communities by enabling right holders to claim rights to productive resources
2. Enable Right Holders and CSOs to hold the state and non-state institutions accountable to promote, protect and fulfill human rights while advocating for their decisions, allocations and practices to reflect rights holders' ideas and aspiration.
3. Enable Women and girls to challenge and take actions against all forms of discrimination and injustice to claim control over their bodies.
4. Support all children and youth to have full attainment of quality education in a safer and equitable environment and help them to develop and grow as key drivers of social transformation for a poverty free society